I hope not. I love standup coasters. Mantis is still one of my favorite rides. I love the feeling of all the blood rushing to my feet, and the upright positions makes those quick turns feel so much more intense.
While I love Mantis, it just doesn't compare to Medusa, IMO. I think that Floorless has basically replaced the standup and sitdown(looping). How many B&M sitdowns have you seen since Medusa debuted? Sure, standups give a cool and different ride, but their longer load time (not much, but it is longer) is definitely a drawback.
Mantis is on my top ten steel coasters list, and its the only B&M stand-up I've ridden. Batman: The Escape at AstroWorld is a bit rough, but still fun. Every other stand-up I've been on is all roughness and little excitement (King Cobra, Iron Wolf, Shock Wave). I don't think they are the best concept out there, but do provide a different experience that can be really enjoyable (usually, this depends on the trains). The problem I have with stand-ups is that the passenger sometimes has to take a defensive riding position. It's not a really big deal, but on a good coaster, that shouldn't be necessary.
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*** This post was edited by bjal on 4/10/2001. ***
NOOOOO!!! That would be my worst nightmare come true. Stand-ups are the best design going IMO. I'm hoping that we'll still see them -- Riddler's Revenge, Chang, Mantis, etc. are just too good for stand-ups to disappear so fast. To me even the "rough" ones (I don't think they're rough at all) like Iron Wolf and Batman: The Escape are great stuff. MORE stand-ups!!
Dawg, the newest stand-up was the Georgia Scorcher by B & M at Six Flags over Georgia. I personally would like to see Stand-ups stay around a while longer. I think they are fun, and give a different feel of roller coasters. Also they are pretty rare (only 16 in the world), so it is not like there is enough to get bored with them (unless you truly hate them).
coo man chu, I totally disagree with that line about stand-ups, but it is too bad that suspendeds faded away. I thought they had lots of potential. I've only ridden one -- Top Gun @ PKI -- and it wasn't long enough to provide a very thrilling ride. And I hear Big Bad Wolf is great. All in all I don't think suspendeds ever got their chance to become great with some big rides.
Stand-ups rock! I don't know where, but somewhere I read that one is going to be built in 2002. I didn't pay much attention to it, so I don't know where or by who. But I just want to say, they have a lot of life in them still!
btw, IMO suspendeds died because soon after them the inverted came along and killed them. Who hear can honsestly say they would trade in all of the inverted coasters for more suspended coasters?
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I wouldn't mind at all if stand-ups got killed off. IMO, there hasn't been a good stand-up since.., well, King Cobra at PKI. It only has one inversion, but there is a ton of airtime, an excellent helix, a few other fun and interesting elements, and packs a quick punch. B&M just overdid it. Mantis, Iron Wolf, and Georgia Scorcher did severe(very short-term but painful) damage on my feet and legs(and even a little to my head). Everytime time I ride a new one, I think "maybe it was just Mantis", "or just Iron Wolf, because that's the 'bad' one", but after Georgia Scorcher, I knew what it was. So to B&M(about stand-ups), KISS. And I know what you're gonna say Jeff, but any coaster where you have to be in a certain position to be comfortable is not a good coaster. Maybe B&M's are for the shorter people and TOGOs are for the taller(I'm 6'1"). But my 5'4" sister and her similar sized friend hated Mantis too(partially for 2 1/2 hour waits). I don't know. Maybe it's just us. Thanks for listening. ------------- PKI-Kings Mills, Ohio-Wooden and Kiddie Coaster Capital of the World! 4/9/00-Newest Hyperbuzzer-200 posts! :) You are the Weakest Link! Goodbye!!!
Granted, I've only been on coasters in the west, but Riddler's Revenge at SFMM beats Stealth, Medusa, Goliath, S:TE, any SLC, and everything else you can throw at it!!!! I understand many find standing coasters uncomfortable, but for whatever reason, it doesn't bother me. And Riddler's is awesome enough to give the entire group heavy praise. I'm sure if they keep devolping this style of coaster, they could address the comfort factor. I say keep making them!
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